Nurses report feeling exhausted

An American Nurses Association survey, conducted in December 2020, found that close to 75 percent of nurses reported feeling exhausted in the last two weeks — not unexpected in a profession that keeps you on your feet for half a day.

Another survey, from the American Nurses Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation project, found that at least 69 percent of US nurses said they agree or strongly agree that they put their patients’ health and safety before their own.

That selflessness is not sustainable, said Stephanie Zerwas, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who established a free therapy program for health care workers during the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Zerwas shared, “I think a lot of nurses got into nursing to serve. Their soul is really connected to being service-driven and wanting to provide for their community. But then they’re being pulled in several different directions.”

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